Belle Epoque on the Mosel
At the turn of the century, Traben-Trarbach was the second largest wine trading city in Europe after Bordeaux. Thanks to its close ties to Prussia and its status as a Protestant enclave on the otherwise Catholic Mosel River, the City was ideally positioned to conduct profitable wine trading business. Initially, wines were exported to neighboring European countries and overseas. The enormous prosperity and wealth generated by wine trading formed the basis for widespread new building construction in the patrician style.
The communities of Traben and Trarbach, which remained independent until 1904, were then consolidated into a single administrative unit by official decree, which meant that a bridge had to be built to unite the two cities. No less than the Berlin star architect Prof. Bruno Möhring won the national architectural competition, which was held for the design of the new bridge. Up to that time, he had been working as an independent architect in the Gutehoffnungshütte steelworks in Oberhausen.
In Traben-Trarbach Bruno Möhring learned to love the Mosel landscape and became acquainted with the leading Mosel wine dealers. New orders soon followed and many unique buildings were designed by him which are still in excellent condition today.
- Romantik Jugendstil Hotel "Bellevue" on the Traben Mosel shore
- Villa Huesgen on the Traben Mosel shore
- Villa Nollen (formerly Villa Breucker) on the Traben Mosel shore
- Bridge gate on the Mosel bridge in Trarbach
- Julius Kayser Winery (today Mosel-Castell) in Trarbach
- Office building - Brückenstraße 20 in Trarbach
- Hotel building of the "Parkschlösschen" Spa and Therapy Hotel, Wildbadstraße 201
- Wall and ceiling tiles of the store at Brückenstraße 2
- Grave monument of Oskar Haussmann on the Traben cemetery
- Other "Belle Epoque" buildings: e.g., City House and Old Train Station in Traben
In October 2003, a memorial stone was erected on the Traben Mosel shore in honor of the well-known Berlin architect, Prof. Bruno Möhring.
The city tour "On the trail of the Belle Epoque" takes place the first sunday of every month at 11:00 am. The tour costs EUR 5.00.